ESA testing detection of floating plastic litter from orbit19 March 2018 The millions of tonnes of plastic ending up in the oceans every year are a global challenge. ESA is responding by looking at the detection of marine plastic litter from space, potentially charting its highest concentrations and understanding the gigan...
Getting to know Steve16 March 2018
Getting to know Steve16 March 2018 Steve – a strange shimmering ribbon of purple light in the night sky – was discovered in 2016, but now, thanks to ESA’s Swarm mission, more is known about this weird feature of the aurora.
Full house for EDRS13 March 2018
Full house for EDRS13 March 2018 The EDRS–SpaceDataHighway has now begun regularly relaying Earth images from Sentinel-2A, which marks the last of four Copernicus satellites in orbit being brought under the EDRS service.
Voyaging for the Sentinels09 March 2018
Voyaging for the Sentinels09 March 2018 Two recent expeditions that took scientists 26 000 km across the Atlantic Ocean have returned critical information to make sure that the Copernicus Sentinel satellites are delivering accurate data about the state of our oceans.
Swarm trio becomes a quartet22 February 2018
Swarm trio becomes a quartet22 February 2018 With the aim of making the best possible use of existing satellites, ESA and Canada have made a deal that turns Swarm into a four-satellite mission to shed even more light on space weather and features such as the aurora borealis.
Wind satellite survives vacuum07 February 2018
Wind satellite survives vacuum07 February 2018 ESA’s Aeolus satellite has been particularly tricky to build. One of the main stumbling blocks has been getting its lasers to work in a vacuum, but recent tests on the satellite show that the vacuum or temperature of space won’t get in the way of Aeol...